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  Western Isles - MSN Encarta
The main administrative centre is Stornoway (population, 1991, 5,975) on the Isle of Lewis.
The Western Isles Authority area was created under the 1975 Scottish local government reforms by the merger of parts of the former counties of Ross and Cromarty and Inverness-shire.
The Western Isles are administered by an all-purpose unitary authority, the Western Isles Council (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar), which was established under the local government reforms implemented in 1975.
uk.encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761569353/Western_Isles.html   (916 words)

 Western Isles Introduction
The kite itself is the island of Lewis and Harris, and the tail consists mainly of the smaller islands of North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Barra.
Up until the Treaty of Perth in 1266 the Western Isles were ruled by Norway, but in that year Magnus IV surrendered all of his Scottish possessions, with the exception of Orkney and Shetland, to Alexander III of Scotland.
The main settlement is to the south at Castlebay, the terminal for the Oban ferry.
www.travelpublishing.co.uk /CountyIntros/WesternIslesIntro.htm   (4333 words)

 Encyclopedia: Western Isles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
The Western Isles are an archipelago in Scotland.
Na h-Eileanan an Iar (formerly Western Isles) is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, created in 1918.
However, this narrower meaning is fairly recent, with "The Western Isles" often referring to the Hebrides in general, both inner and outer.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Western-Isles   (445 words)

 Western Isles Campus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
The Western Isles campus of Nursing and Midwifery is based in the Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway.
Stornoway, with a population of around 9,500, is the largest town in the Western Isles.
The Western Isles stretch for around 135 miles and include the islands of Lewis, Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Barra.
www.nm.stir.ac.uk /campuses/western.htm   (54 words)

 Visit Hebrides
The West coast looks out to the beautiful small Isle of Vallay which can be reached at low tide and is home to a foreboding deserted mansion house.
To the North, the charming island of Berneray, home to an active, friendly community and HRH Prince Charles' favourite island, is where the ferry arrives from Harris, and is now linked to North Uist by causeway.
Lochmaddy, North Uist's main town, is the gateway to the Southern Isles from Uig on the Isle of Skye, and is home to the fantastic Taigh Chearsabhagh arts centre.
www.visithebrides.com /islands/nuist   (194 words)

 BBC - Jersey - Sport - The Western Isles
Also known as the Outer Hebrides, The Western Isles is a chain of over 100 islands located 55 km off Scotland’s West Coast.
Most famously the Western Isles are the home of Harris Tweed which is still hand woven in the islands today.
In 1266 the Western Isles were returned from Norse control to the Scottish crown.
www.bbc.co.uk /jersey/content/articles/2005/06/24/ig05_western_isles_feature.shtml   (517 words)

 Balearic Isles (from Western architecture) --¬† Encyclop√¶dia Britannica
Lewis, the northern part of the principal island of Lewis and Harris, is part of the historic county of Ross-shire in the historic region of Ross and Cromarty, and the rest of the Western Isles council area belongs to the...
The area of the sunny Balearic Islands in the western Mediterranean is less than the area of the state of Delaware in the United States.
A playground in the English Channel, the Isle of Wight is known for its beauty and pleasant climate.
www.britannica.com /eb/article-47279   (883 words)

 History of the Western Isles
MacGregors are not numerous in the Western Isles.
Scarcely a home in the Western Isles was not affected by the feud between John, Lord of the Isles, and Angus, his bellicose son.
From such records as are available, it would appear as though the condition of the inhabitants of the Western Isles at the end of the eighteenth century showed little improvement upon that obtaining at the end of the seventeenth.
www.electricscotland.com /history/western_isles.htm   (9813 words)

 Western Isles Diabetes Web Site
Western Isles NHS Diabetes Managed Network Online aims to provide you with information on the range of diabetes services and support across the Western Isles.
Western Isles Diabetes Network Online is linked to other diabetes organisations that provide and maintain the most up to date information for people with diabetes.
Western Isles Diabetes Network Online hopes to support people with diabetes by providing a service that meets your needs, teenagers, family carers, parents with a child with diabetes and work places.
www.diabetes-hebrides.org   (328 words)

 The Western Isles Hotel
Western Isles Hotel is an AA, 28 bedroom Victorian hotel dating from 1883.
The Isle of Mull is easily accessible with frequent brief ferry crossings and offers many places of interest to visit, including Tobermory with its brightly coloured buildings and interesting shops, castles, the Isles of Iona and Staffa and other attractions.
The Western Isles Hotel and The Isle of Mull are ideal locations for short or longer breaks, weddings and conferences.
www.mullhotel.com   (228 words)

 Western Isles Sagas
The activities of the Vikings in the Western Isles are brought to life by the Icelandic saga accounts.
Viking descendants in Iceland retained knowledge about places, events, details of landscapes and people showing that the Western Isles were almost as important in their lives as Norway, and certainly better known than Sweden or the East.
By revealing the complexity in the lives of individuals who acted variously as raiders, traders, settlers, and farmers, the sagas paint a more realistic view of actual people and events than can be reconstructed from historical or archeological sources.
www.mnh.si.edu /vikings/voyage/subset/westernisles/sagas.html   (620 words)

 Scottish Islands including the Outer Hebrides or Western Isles of Scotland
Its capital Stornoway is the largest town in the Western Isles and is less than 3 hours by ferry from Ullapool and a plane ride away from many UK airports.
The Uists are reachable by ferry and plane from the mainland and the neighbouring islands.
Situated towards the end of the Western Isles chain, this little place has been described as "Barradise" with its hills and beaches.
www.scotland-info.co.uk /hebrides.htm   (621 words)

 Western Isles Enterprise   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
Community, in its truest sense, has been the real foundation of the culture of the Western Isles for many centuries.
The traditional sense of community is alive and strong and, as the local enterprise company, it is the aim of Western Isles Enterprise to foster and encourage that strength.
Western Isles Enterprise, James Square, 9 James Street, Stornoway.
www.hie.co.uk /wie   (517 words)

The Western Isles, more popularly known as the Outer Hebrides, are a large group of islands, 13 of which are inhabited with many more uninhabited, located off the north west coast of Scotland.
Uniquely for the British Isles a large proportion of the population is bi-lingual, the native language being Gaelic, which is widely used.
The Western Isles have some of the oldest geological rock on the planet and are a unique environment for wildlife.
freespace.virgin.net /andy.bamforth/WesternIsles.htm   (460 words)

 Western Isles Hotels & Hotel Accommodation Western Isles from Best Hotel
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www.best-hotel.com /hotels/scotland/western_isles.html   (193 words)

 Rampant Scotland Directory - Western Isles
This website offers a personal response to the Western Isles, with lots of illustrations and articles on a range of aspects of the Outer Hebrides, including living in a Blackhouse, a Norse Mill, Harris Tweed, flowers of Lewis, Calanais standing stones and beach life.
The remote island of St Kilda is 40 miles west of Benbecula in the Western Isles of Scotland.
is an extract from Martin Marti's description of the Western Isles of Scotland in 1703.
www.rampantscotland.com /westernisles.htm   (1988 words)

 Western Isles Archaeological Service Home Page
The Western Isles Archaeology Service is run by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.
Beside the head of the skeleton, an iron bracelet with copper alloy decoration was found, the first of its kind from the Western Isles, and possibly the first from Scotland.
If you want to work on an excavation or survey, or volunteer in the SMR (photo 5), you can contact the Western Isles Archaeologist by email mary-macleod@cne-siar.gov.uk, or you can get in touch directly with one of the university departments working in the islands, through their web site.
www.cne-siar.gov.uk /archaeology   (672 words)

 Outer Hebrides
The islands form one of 32 unitary council regions in Scotland, originally called Western Isles, although Na h-Eileanan Siar has now gained acceptance as the official name.
To the west lie the Monarch Islands, Flannan Isles, Saint Kilda and Rockall, in increasing order of distance.
Confusingly, Saint Kilda is also known as the West Isles.
www.brainyencyclopedia.com /encyclopedia/o/ou/outer_hebrides.html   (364 words)

 Western Isles Outlaw Gay Civil Partnership Ceremonies
Councillors in the Western Isles of Scotland have voted to officially outlaw civil partnership ceremonies for same-sex couples which begin in Scotland on 21st December, reports The Scotsman.
The Western Isles, where Presbyterianism remains the bedrock of values, will become the only part of the country where gay couples will not be able to take part in civil partnership ceremonies.
According to The Scotsman, the move is to affirm the determination of the islanders to keep 21st century secularism off the island, and to preserve their belief that marriage should only involve a man and a woman.
www.christiantoday.com /article/western.isles.outlaw.gay.civil.partnership.ceremonies/4828.htm   (414 words)

 Holidays in The Western Isles
The Western Isles with their combination of beautiful landscapes, lochs and sea lochs, clean sandy beaches, wild flowers, flora and fauna, provide landscapes of national importance and four areas have been designated National Nature Reserves.
There is never a dull moment, the isles have various festivals throughout the year including ceilidhs, mods and other musical events.
There is so much to see and do in the Western Isles, with plentiful historic sites and museums, you will need several holidays to see it all and you will be welcomed like an old friend every time.
www.scottishholidays.net /visit/scotland-tour-western.html   (322 words)

 Western Isles, Skye and Lochalsh LEADER+
The Local Action Group is responsible for the delivery of the EU LEADER+ programme in the Western Isles, Skye and Lochalsh.
It is a partnership between the public and private sectors in both the Western Isles and Skye and Lochalsh and brings together the local authorities, economic, language and environmental development bodies, with representatives of the voluntary sector and young people’s and women’s representatives.
Western Isles, Skye and Lochalsh LEADER+, James Square, 9 James Street, STORNOWAY, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2QN
www.wisl.org.uk   (145 words)

 Outer Hebrides bei eLexi - das Onlinelexikon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-17)
The Outer Hebrides or Western Isles (Scottish Gaelic: na h-Eileanan an Iar), also traditionally known as the Outer Isles, comprise an island chain off the west coast of Scotland.
The islands form one of 32 unitary council regions in Scotland, originally called Western Isles, although Na h-Eileanan an Iar has now gained acceptance as the official name.
Sarah Forbes Bonetta (1802-1880), who was reportedly of royal lineage, was captured as a child by the Dahomey tribe, and her family, members of the Egbado tribe in West Africa, was massacred.
www.elexi.de /en/o/ou/outer_hebrides.html   (557 words)

 Western Isles Archeology
For most of the 20th century, the study of the Vikings in the Western Isles was almost exclusively pursued through historical sources.
In a sense, the Vikings in the northern parts of the Western Isles had much in common with the settlers who moved into the Faeroes and Iceland, as you can see in the Iceland section.
The number and distribution of Norse graves is an important indicator of Viking activity in the Western Isles.
www.mnh.si.edu /vikings/voyage/subset/westernisles/archeo.html   (853 words)

 Western Isles - Natural Heritage
Until about 4000 years ago, there was woodland and scrub in many of the sheltered areas of the Western Isles.
The western shores of the Uists are graced by miles of sandy beaches backed by the distinctive coastal grasslands - known as ‘machair’ - that are unique to the north of Scotland and west of Ireland.
For instance of the 367 butterflies and moths recorded from the Western Isles, only 58 have occurred on St Kilda.
www.snh.org.uk /scottish/wisles/natural.asp   (1722 words)

 Western Isles Map, Map of Western Isles | infohub.com
Here you will find a treasure of information with regard to map of Western Isles as well as a wealth of information on the subject of Western Isles maps.
This "maps of Western Isles" page will be updated frequently, so visit early and visit often.
A map which outlines the most important cities, the capital of the province and its surroundings.
www.infohub.com /maps/western_isles_map_3738.html   (150 words)

 Flannan Isles, Lighthouses, Western Isles, Puffins
The Flannan Isles or Seven Hunters, lie about 40 miles off the west coast of Lewis in the Western Isles.
Their main claim to fame is the mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse keeepers in December 1900 who are thought to have been washed into the sea at the west landing due to a very large wave.
All of the islands had lush vegetaion, but the western two had less.
www.charles-tait.co.uk /trips/flannan.html   (355 words)

 Leabharlainn nan Eilean Siar - Western Isles Libraries
Western Isles Libraries has full time branches in Stornoway, Tarbert, Lionacleit and Castlebay; part-time branches at Shawbost and Daliburgh; mobile libraries serve rural Lewis, Harris and the Uists.
Membership of the library is free to all residents of the Western Isles.
A large collection of Local History lending and reference material is held including Old Parochial Records and Census Returns for the Western Isles on microfilm.
www.w-isles.gov.uk /library/index.htm   (559 words)

 Explore the isle of lewis
The Isles of Lewis and Harris are at the North west corner of the group of Islands known as the Hebrides, or Western Isles.
The contrast of the ages and cultures is experienced all over the isles of Lewis and Harris (both joined) both in the towns and out in the hills and mountains.
The Western Isles culture remains very strong, particularly in its religious beliefs.
www.isle-of-lewis.com   (342 words)

 Western Isles Council Area
The project has been implemented through collaborative working between Western Isles Health Board, Comhairle nan Eilan Siar and NCH Action for Children (Scotland) and is part of a wider project which involves looked after children and young people leaving care.
The aim of this initiative is to provide an integrated assessment and therapy service and a residential respite care service to children with special needs and to provide support and advice to carers of children and young people with special needs.
The Western Isles Mental Health Partnership aims to provide a forum in which a wide range of organisations working in or with an interest in mental health matters can meet regularly in order to keep abreast of key issues pertinent to the delivery and development of quality mental health services in the Western Isles.
www.gla.ac.uk /centres/nuffield/iwp/iwp_init_la_western_isles.html   (311 words)

 BBC NEWS | Election 2005 | Scotland | SNP secures Western Isles victory
Angus MacNeil took the Western Isles for the SNP
The Scottish National Party is in jubilant mood after taking the Western Isles seat from Labour.
Calum MacDonald, who won the seat from the SNP in 1987, was toppled by Nationalist Angus MacNeil, who beat him with a majority of 1,441.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/uk_politics/vote_2005/scotland/4519491.stm   (400 words)

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